Simon Greatorex had an email recently from Matthew Cohen who was Captain of South Herts Golf Club in 2014 who spotted in Reception the framed 1966 scorecard of Dai Rees the successful 1957 Ryder Cup Captain and golfing icon in the 60s. Matthew sent a photo of the card to Dai's daughter, Gill, who preceded him as Captain of South Herts and she has just replied to him with a lovely story that he thought we might like to share with our Members:-
"At the weekend he would sometimes play Exhibition matches for the Charity 'Lord Roberts Workshops and Forces Help Society.' He usually did a clinic first and then 4 pros played the course and spectators had to agree to throw coins on a green if they managed a birdie or an eagle and the lady members carried collecting tins to pick up the coins. At one stage it was a shilling for a birdie and half crown for an eagle - the days before pound coins! There was a group of pros who did this including Ken Bousefield, Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas. The local pro usually played as one of the 4".
Perhaps some Members are already aware of this story, but they probably won't have heard it from the daughter of the golfing legend, Dai Rees who was pro at South Herts for 37 years and his daughter was the first lady to be Captain of the Club.
I wonder if any of our Members actually watched him play that day in August 1966 and can remember who the other pros were who played, I certainly didn’t but I did spot the rather fearsome Biddy Soper‘s name as the marker of his card who I most certainly do remember! Thank you Matthew for sharing that with us and we hope that you and your wife enjoyed your round at St Enodoc.
Since putting the article on the website yesterday we have had an email from Australia which is now added below;-
I have read, with great interest, the story regarding Dai Rees' remarkable 67 on 14 August 1966, a round played to assist the Lord Roberts charity. My parents were the Stewards at the club in 66 and 67 and I have fond memories of my time at St Enodoc as a teenager. We lived on the club premises and I attended Bodmin Grammar. Nigel Buse was a good mate and he and I played many rounds on the course!
The players that day were, Rees, Alliss (he conducted an auction afterwards with funds going to the charity), Bernard Hunt and Norman Sutton. I certainly remember Bridget Soper who was a very prominent member of the club. I have lived in Australia since 1974 and played on the Church in 2005. Please remember me to Nigel Buse - I assume, of course, that he will remember me. Great memories of St Enodoc!!